(A) Each applicant for a certificate to practice acupuncture shall apply in the manner prescribed by the board and submit a one hundred dollar non-refundable application fee. The application and fee shall be valid for one year from the initial application date. The applicant shall submit satisfactory evidence of his or her qualifications to receive a certificate to practice acupuncture in the state of Ohio as prescribed by section 4734.282 of the Revised Code. All required credentials must be sent directly from the issuing entity.
(B) The board may refuse or deny an applicant for a certificate to practice acupuncture in this state if the applicant does not meet the licensure requirements as outlined in section 4734.282 of the Revised Code or has committed any act which indicates that the applicant does not possess the character and fitness to practice acupuncture, including any act that would be grounds for disciplinary action as outlined in section 4734.31 of the Revised Code. The burden of proof is on the applicant to prove by clear and convincing evidence to the board that he or she meets the conditions for receipt of a certificate to practice acupuncture.
(C) Any applicant that the board proposes to refuse or deny a certificate to practice acupuncture shall be entitled to a hearing on the question of such proposed refusal or denial.